Wizz Air announces new Birmingham to Bucharest route

Leading European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new route from Birmingham to Bucharest.

The route will commence on May 22 and will be operated with two weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tickets on Wizz Air’s new Bucharest route are available for booking at wizzair.com from £ 28.49 one way, including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Great news today that Wizz Air is adding another route to its network from Birmingham Airport. The country of Romania is not currently served directly from Birmingham so this gives our passengers even more choice from their local airport.

The capital, Bucharest, with its commercial centre and the historic Lipscani district just next door has something that appeals to everyone. This new route announcement shows the strength of the WizzAir brand, releasing another destaitnion just two weeks after its inaugural flight to Warsaw.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to be adding a fourth route to Wizz Air’s Birmingham network. We have launched our first flights from Birmingham to Poland and Hungary only a couple of weeks ago and today add a third country reachable on Wizz Air’s low fares from Birmingham. The new route to Bucharest provides an opportunity for our business and leisure travellers to explore the capital of Romania on our low fares from only £ 28.49*. Likewise, our low fares are attracting more visitors to the West Midlands, stimulating tourism and hospitality sectors as well as strengthening business relations between the two countries.’

With this new service, Wizz Air offers four routes to three countries from Birmingham, while the airline offers 39 routes to 14 countries from Bucharest. Wizz Air has also announced a new service from Bucharest to Glasgow recently, which will start on May 21, and operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Wizz Air adds Bristol Airport to its network, to commence Katowice service in June 2015

Wizz Air, the budget airline specialising in Central and Eastern Europe, has launched services from Bristol Airport, announcing that will operate a twice-weekly service to Katowice, Poland from June 26, 2015, Bristol Airport said in a release.

With the addition of Bristol, Wizz Air will have 106 airports in its route network. Flights will operate every Monday and Friday. Besides offering city break destinations for visitors from the UK, the Wizz Air service will provide a convenient link for Poles from the region living and working in the South West.

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air to the South West of the UK. The Katowice service will be a popular addition to the route network available from Bristol Airport, further strengthening links with Poland.’

Wizz Air’s Daniel d Carvalho said: ‘With six UK airports, the Wizz low cost offer is a great opportunity for UK consumers explore Central and Eastern Europe and we look forward to carrying many passengers on our new Bristol-Katowice service.’

The principal city of the Upper Silesian region of Poland, Katowice is a centre for science and industry, as well as home to a diverse mix of architectural styles with Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings alongside Modernist structures from the Communist era, and a neo-Classical cathedral that is the largest in Poland.

Tickets are now on sale from £25.99 one way. Flights will be operated by a 180-seat Airbus A320.

Separately, Bristol Airport said that it is looking for a busy time during the Christmas and New Year period, with over 200,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal over the course of the holiday starting December 19 until January 3.

While the airport is hoping to offer its customers a stress-free start to the festive period, it has advised departing passengers to allow ample time to complete check-in, bag drop, security and boarding processes, as well as taking holiday traffic into account when planning the journey to the Airport.


Wizz Air launches online portal, offers new holiday packages to Poland from Robin Hood Airport, UK

Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air, has launched a new online travel platform offering a one stop shop for package holidays to Poland for passengers travelling with Wizz Air from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, in the UK, the Sheffield Star has reported.

Backed by Wizz Air, Wizz Tours has launched its operations online and is open for bookings for package holidays on wizztours.com. Wizz Tours is a fully online travel agent for consumers, which uses a budget friendly distribution channel.

Wizz Tours intends to make bookings easy and cost effective for holidaymakers, by combining Wizz Air’s low fares to many international destinations with accommodation in over 30,000 hotels and resorts offering holiday packages.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield offers services to a number of destinations across Poland, including Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw. An international airport, Robin Hood Airport is located at the former RAF Finningley station at Finningley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, within South Yorkshire, England.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘It’s great news for our passengers travelling to Poland that they are now able to book package holidays online with wizztours.com

‘Our Polish routes are extremely popular, especially as they offer great value for money.

‘We have an excellent partnership with Wizz Air and I am sure that wizztours.com will be very successful. We wish them well in their new venture.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, corporate communications manager, said: ‘For the very first time, Wizz Air’s low fares can be now enjoyed as part of a Wizz Holidays package, giving consumers a more convenient option than if they buy their flights and accommodation separately.

Wizz Air plans London IPO

Wizz Air, Eastern Europe’s biggest budget carrier, is set to launch an initial public offering in London.

The sale of the carrier may happen as early as the second half of this year, Bloomberg News said in a report. The carrier has appointed Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Company to manage the public issue.

Hungary-based Wizz Air has a fleet of more than 40 Airbus SAS single-aisle planes, flying more than 250 routes in Europe. The Airbuses have an average age of about three years, according to its website.

The no-frills carrier, created in 2003, is trying to double its traffic to 25 million passengers a year by 2020. Presently, it faces increased competition in some of its markets as Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest discount airline, adds more bases in Eastern Europe.

The airline uses Luton as its base in the UK. Wizz Air is currently backed by institutions including the German transport-focused bank DNV. With the IPO, the airline will join rivals such as easyJet Plc and Ryanair Holdings Plc, which are also listed in London.

On July 3, Wizz Air said that it was planning to introduce flights from Luton to Craiova in Romania. The route will operate to the southern Romanian city three days per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from October 29. The airline already flies from Luton to the Romanian capital Bucharest twice per day.

The Wizz Air IPO comes at a time when companies including state-run U.K. postal service Royal Mail Group Ltd. and vodka maker Stock Spirits Group are planning to launch IPOs in London as global investors return to the market.

Wizz Air Announces New Routes from Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Wizz Air, the Hungary based low-cost airline, has announced two new routes from Glasgow Airport in Scotland.

The airline is offering two routes to Gdansk and Warsaw in Poland from Glasgow Airport from March 1, 2013.

The twice-weekly flights to Warsaw are priced at £48.99 one way, while the flights to Gdansk are priced from £31.99, one way.

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘We are thrilled to welcome Wizz Air on board which is yet more good news for Glasgow Airport. Not only will it provide our customers with greater choice, it will further strengthen our connectivity with some of Europe’s major cities and it means we can add Poland to our long list of destinations after an absence of more than 15 years.

Wizz Air is an ambitious and rapidly growing airline which carried over 12 million passengers in 2012 alone, and we are looking forward to working alongside the team at Wizz to ensure it enjoys further growth and success at Glasgow. This announcement underlines our commitment to expanding our route network and delivering the routes and services our customers demand.’

Stijn Vandermoere, the head of network development and scheduling at Wizz Air, said, ‘Wizz Air is pleased to announce these two new routes operating from Glasgow Airport giving more consumers access to Wizz Air’s low fares and great customer service. Our popular low fares have strongly grown our business in four UK airports and we’re already the number two airline at one of London’s main airports. We believe there is also significant growth potential in Scotland and our move to Glasgow Airport is a step towards future passenger and route growth.

We are confident that Polish visitors to Scotland will embrace the convenient airport location and we urge Scottish consumers to try Wizz Air’s award winning service and low fares. To celebrate our arrival at Glasgow Airport Wizz Air released seats to Warsaw and Gdansk from just £23.99. This ultra low fare already includes taxes and the highest booking fee and can be booked from today at wizzair.com.’

The airline allows one small cabin bag per person, free of charge, which must be able to fit under the seat in front. All other baggage is to be paid for.

Wizz Air to charge for carry-on bags

Those passengers travelling with Wizz Air, a Hungary-based airline, from any British Airport, should be prepared to pay for hand luggage as the airline has announced a new cabin baggage policy.

From October 4, 2012, passengers booking Wizz Air tickets for travel from October 24, 2012, onwards, will only be allowed a small cabin bag of up to 42 x 32 x 25cm free of charge. All other kinds of bags taken as carry-on luggage will be charged a fee of £9 per bag.

The airline has previously tested its new airline baggage policy on its Luton Airport to Katowice (Poland) route, and claims very good results. Since August 1, this year, passengers on the route have been paying €10 for a larger piece of cabin baggage, a step that the airline has taken to control the problem of lack of storage space on smaller aircraft.

Michael Powell, the chief financial officer of Wizz Air, said, ‘When it comes to low fares Wizz Air knows no half measures! Wizz Air is announcing its new and innovative cabin baggage policy after a successful trial confirmed that more onboard space and cost savings are achieved when passengers bring less large bags into the cabin.

With the vast majority of passengers willing to bring smaller bags on board we are now the first European carrier to eliminate a chronic problem in the airline industry faced by all airlines, but, even more important for consumers, Wizz Air is again pioneering in delivering lower fares by passing on the cost savings in the form of discounted fares for all passengers.

We leave it for high fare airlines to tackle their costs by raising fares and levying unavoidable fuel surcharges while Wizz Air passengers will continue to pay only for the services they use. Today we encourage our passengers to travel smart and bring only a small bag on board. To pass on the expected cost savings we are immediately discounting by £4.50 all fares available for booking under the new cabin bag policy at wizzair.com.’